Inter Milan fan dies after clashes at Napoli game

Inter Milan fan dies after clashes at Napoli game

Inter Milan fan dies after clashes at Napoli game

One person died Wednesday in a vehicle accident during clashes between football fans near the San Siro Stadium in Milan ahead of a match between Italian clubs Inter and Napoli.

Koulibaly had monkey noises directed at him throughout the Serie A game on Wednesday at Milan's San Siro stadium.

Head coach Carlo Ancelotti said after Napoli's 1-0 loss that they tried to get the game suspended three times because of offensive chants.

A host of other famous names and faces also showed their support, including Juventus' 5-time Ballon d'Or victor Cristiano Ronaldo, who posted to Instagram: "In the world and in football I always want education and respect".

The SUV was reportedly driven by fans of Inter's opponents Napoli, an hour ahead of the match between the two teams, police added.

In a surprise twist, Senegal global Koulibaly will also face a two-game suspension for his sending off, which raised eyebrows about the Italian league's punishment system and overall attitude in dealing with racism towards its players.

He was sent off in the 81st minute after receiving two yellow cards in quick succession, the second for sarcastically applauding the referee after being shown the first.

While Ronaldo has shown plenty of support for Koulibay off the pitch, the two are close rivals on it. Ronaldo's Juventus is now sitting on top of the Serie A table with 50 points, 9 ahead of Koulibaly's Napoli.

Ancelotti claimed there were three separate warnings issued in the stadium but that the abuse continued regardless.

Pavel Klymenko, of the anti-discrimination body Football Against Racism in Europe, says the latest racist against against Koulibaly is a big test for those in charge of the Italian game.

After the match, Ancelotti said that if similar incidents are to happen again, he will ask his side to leave the field.

"However, I'm proud of my skin colour". "It's not good for us and it's not good for Italian football". I am proud to be French, Senegalese and Neapolitan: "a man", said the Senegalese defender in his post.

The 35-year-old Inter fan, who has not yet been named, was hit by a van and rushed to hospital, but later died from his injuries, as reported by Sky Sports.

Koulibaly later tweeted: "I'm sorry for the defeat and above all for leaving my brothers".

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